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First Year (2006) Program

Interfaith Youth Storytelling -- A project of the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area

Hosted by the United Methodist Women of SUMC

Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 1:30 pm

Shenendehowa United Methodist Church, 971 Route 146, Clifton Park, NY

All the tellers 2006

Welcome         Gert Johnson, Project Director Our staff: Marni Gillard (storycoach), Gert Johnson (director), Paula Weiss (assistant director), Mary Murphy (storycoach)
Our staff: Marni Gillard (storycoach), Gert Johnson (director), Paula Weiss (assistant director), Mary Murphy (storycoach)

Ben Russell (age 14, grade 8, Congregation Beth Shalom)
“The Parakeet Named Dreidel” from Stories for Children by Isaac Bashevis Singer

Daniel Bacchi (age 12, grade 7, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School)
“A True Tale” from Small Miracles: Extraordinary Coincidences in Everyday Life by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhal

Adah Hetko (age 14, grade 9, Congregation Beth Shalom)
“Serach”; from the retellings found in But God Remembered: Stories of Women from Creation to the Promised Land by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Jerusalem of Gold: Jewish Stories of the Enchanted City by Howard Schwartz

Tim Everhardt (age 13, grade 7, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School)
“The Chest of Broken Glass; A Classic Tale of the Ages” from Children’s Book of Virtues, edited by William J. Bennett and Michael Hague

Nasibah Elmi (age 12, grade 7, An Nur School)
“It Gave Birth”; a traditional Muslim tale

Nimi Jayaraman (age 14, grade 9, The Hindu Temple Society)
“The Airport”; a personal story

Students tellers




Story-sharing is a giant step on the path to making peace. (anon.)

Stretch Break

Kit Collins (age 12, grade 7, Congregation Berith Sholom)
“The Magic Spoon” from The Jar of Fools: Eight Hannukah Stories from Chelm by Eric A. Kimmel

Alaudeen Umar (age 12, grade 6, An Nur School)
“The Power of Prophet Suliman”; from the Holy Quran, as retold in What Islam is all About by Yahiya Emerick

Sarah Ali (Age 12, grade 7)
“ ‘No’ is not an Option”; a personal story

Nate Hoffmann (age 12, grade 7, B’Nai Sholom Reform Congregation)
“Hovering Above the Pit”; from Chasidic Tales of the Holocaust by Yaffa Eliach

Salma Barak (age 11, grade 6, An Nur School)
“The Wisdom of Allah” from Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents by Ayat Jamilah

Samantha Basile (age 14, grade 9, Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School)
“The Good Samaritan” from the New Testament, Gospel of Luke, 10:29-37.

Ilyssa Simsek (age 12, grade 6, B’Nai Sholom Reform Congregation)
“Yonkel’s Visit to Warsaw” from One-Hundred-and-One Read-Aloud Jewish Stories by Barbara Diamond Goldin

Students tellers




Trust that story crosses over all boundaries for it speaks the language of the heart. (Allison Cox)

Closing Prayer

Hors-d’oeuvres and Human Treasure Hunt Interfaith mixer at pot-luck supper

Shri Rama Dance/Story: an eight minute presentation by Amoha Ramanath (age 10, 4th grade, The Hindu Temple Society)

Our Hindu dancer Our Hindu dancer Our Hindu dancer

Dinner with informal story sharing at table

Pot-luck supper

With gratitude to NSN and our other supporters:

  • Capital District Chapter of the Interfaith Alliance of New York State
  • Capital Area Council of Churches
  • Inter-faith Community of Schenectady
  • United Methodist Women of SUMC
  • The Albany Times Union
  • The Daily Gazette
  • The Jewish World
  • The Evangelist
  • An Nur Islamic School
  • Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School
  • The Hindu Temple Society of the Capital District
  • The Community Coalition for Jewish Education; a department of the United Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
  • Mary Murphy and Marni Gillard, storytellers and storycoaches extraordinaire
  • Kate Dudding and Joe Doolittle of The Story Circle of the Capital District
  • Parents of Children at the Well participants
  • Teachers of religion who attended our Teacher Workshops
  • Alexander Weiss, Esq.
  • Nancy Payne, Ann Snyder, Colette O’Dell
  • Lynnwood Reformed Church
  • Time-Warner Cable/ Ann Parillo / Schenectady Today Show
  • The Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany

Storytelling is a way for people to find common connections. Who can think of a better way to transform the future than by building bridges within the next generation? (Br. Muhammad Kabir)

This program assembled by Paula Weiss, Assistant Project Director.